Friday, October 11, 2013

MARTA's new buses are sleek, sexy, and have doors that won't close on you

Posted By on Fri, Oct 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

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The MARTA buses that have been transporting you to work, home, and on craft-beer crawls are reaching the end of their lifetimes. Shed a tear for these hulking beasts. And once you have dried your eyes, feast your peepers on the new vehicles that will take their place.

Yesterday at Five Points, MARTA officials unveiled one of the new sleek and streamlined buses (alongside an actual 45-passenger vehicle operated by the transit agency's predecessor, the Atlanta Transit Company, between 1954 and 1974). The model, which, according to one driver we spoke with, drives "like a BMW," is one of nearly 90 30-foot and 40-foot buses that will soon start rolling on streets in Fulton and DeKalb counties. Each fully equipped model costs $497,000.

So what'd we get? The new buses, which run on clean natural gas, are in most ways your standard bus. However, the new models boast interior LED lights that MARTA says are "brighter than conventional lamps but use less energy, ergonomic seating, larger window openings, increased headroom at the wider rear exit door and air conditioning with automatic climate controls."

"For safety and security, the buses have a fire suppression system with both thermal and optical sensors," transit officials said in a release. "Like MARTA's existing bus fleet, the newer vehicles are also outfitted with surveillance camera systems capable of recording activity on the vehicles' interior and exterior."

And the rear side doors come equipped with sensors that halt and re-open when they start closing on a person. No Wi-Fi, however. Yet.

The 88 buses are the first group of 265 vehicles that will be added to the transit agency's fleet over the next three years. After the jump, more photos of the new bus and the 1950s bus, which really needs to be rolled out every once in a while.

Your soon-to-be new ride

Hello, beautiful

Pretty face

And... this is the interior

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